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A best-selling author says he was disrupted by students at an assembly at Highland Park High School. Jamie Ford was the keynote speaker at the school district's LitFest last week.

Ford describes his experience at Highland Park High as a school visit gone sideways.

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The Highland Park school district earlier hired Tom Trigg as its new leader earlier this week. He’s spent a decade running the Blue Valley schools in suburban Kansas City.

Highland Park ISD Adopts New Rules For Books

Feb 11, 2015

The Highland Park ISD has adopted a new policy for letting people weigh in on the books that high schoolers read in English class: No more pulling books out of classrooms when a parent objects to the content.

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The Highland Park school district has reversed its decision to suspend seven books from the classroom after parents had concerns about sex, abortion and rape references. 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Fall means two things – pumpkin treats and the State Fair of Texas; the Texas Enterprise Fund is under scrutiny; once upon a time, Dallas tried to build a port; and more.

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UPDATE, Sept. 26: Highland Park has restored one of the seven suspended books to its approved reading list. In an email blast, the district says the person who challenged A Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls withdrew that challenge on Wednesday. 

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The Highland Park school district has attracted attention after seven books were suspended from classrooms last week. Those books are under further review, which could take several months. One of books suspended is called The Art of Racing In The Rain by Garth Stein​. The story is told from the perspective of a dog named Enzo, and it was on the district’s class syllabus for the fall.

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School districts throughout the state are applauding a court ruling that may eventually lead to an overhaul of the way Texas pays for schools.

On Thursday State District Judge John Dietz again declared the state’s school funding system unconstitutional.

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A group of educators meeting in Dallas says there’s got to be a better way to evaluate kids than the state’s new STAAR test.